Frederick Gardner has 28 years of experience as a Background/Environment Designer for animation. He has demonstrated the ability to artistically direct complex projects from concept to screen. He has produced conceptual illustrations for top studios like MGM, Hanna- Barbera, Walt Disney Animation, Pixar, DreamWorks, Sony, Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, and Warner Bros. Frederick was awarded two Emmy Awards for his unique background designs on The Powerpuff Girls and Juniper Lee. You can see his most recent work in Free Birds, Tomorrowland, and The Book of Life.


The Powerpuff Girls Movie (Layout Artist)
Ugly Dolls (Production Design)
The Iron Giant (Layout Artist)
SCOOB (Art Director)
Daffy’s Rhapsody (short film) (Art Director)
Free Birds (Art Director)
Book of Life (Art Director)
Animaniacs (tv series) (Model and Prop Designer)
Pinky and the Brain (TV series) Model Designer)
The Simpsons (TV series) (Character Layout Artist)
Tom & Jerry Meet Sherlock Holmes (video) (Production Designer)

Work Experience

Visual Development Artist, Trilogy Animation Group
Designer, Brown Bag Films
Art Director, Reel FX
Lead Designer, Wild Canary/Disney Jr.
Production Designer/Layout, Warner Bros Animation
Production Designer/Visual Development, Laika Studios
Production Designer, Jim Henson Studios


Art Center College of Design, BFA Candidate in Film
Cal Arts, BFA Candidate in Character Animation
College of Oceaneering, AS degree in Ocean Technology